Intel 5G Modem Architect and Modeling Engineer in Santa Clara, California

Job Description

We invite you to join Intel as part of the BaseBand & SoC Development group within Intel's Communication and Devices Group. We are a global team of passionate engineers and technologists from diverse industry backgrounds working together to realize a world of connected computing.

We are bringing the best ideas from the brightest minds to deliver innovative and state of the art wireless experiences into the market, including Wi-Fi, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and location, Bluetooth, Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) and more.

In this position you have the opportunity to truly change the world with your work by helping to lead and contribute to the verification and development of Intel's multimode cellular modem baseband 2G/3G/LTE and Next Generation 5G.

What you'll do:

You'll be involved in in the development of modem architecture and reference model simulation for the Modem Hardware organization responsible for architecture and modeling of protocol layer signal processing algorithms for 5G NR New Radio, 4G LTE, and 3G cellular modem ASIC's.

Role would include responsibilities in one or more of the following areas:

  • Modem architecture modeling including data plane and control plane analyzing baseband signal processing data-path and control elements emphasis on 4G LTE and 5G NR and mapping to modem processing architecture including RTL micro-architecture and HW/SW partitioning

  • Modem system modeling in SystemC and C++ with different level of abstractions to model both functional behavior and cycle accurate behavior including architecture-specific details and serve as verification reference for modem RTL design

  • Refinement of signal processing algorithms to optimize for product implementation including power efficiency, area efficiency, throughput optimization, and time-to-market

  • Provide ideas for micro-architectural feedback to RTL team to optimize architecture

  • Support system modeling infrastructure to include capabilities such as instruction set simulator ISS for virtual prototyping, flexible simulator configuration, co-simulation with RTL SystemVerilog for bit-exact RTL verification, and plotting and debug utilities

    • Support modem verification throughout ASIC design cycle including test plan definition and providing guidance to RTL and FW teams
  • Project deliverables may include specification documents, interface definitions, SystemC/ C++/Assembly code, test benches, test plans/test plan reports and toolsets

Join us on our journey towards making Intel a wireless leader in the delivery of exciting products for the Internet of Things, 5G Next generation Wearable and IoT solutions and other world-class wireless connectivity technologies and products!


This position requires a BS or MS in Electrical or Computer Engineering with 3+ years of industry experience in the following areas, or PhD with demonstrated technical leadership and a Strong Communications System Engineering Background:

  • Expertise in wireless communications systems and standards, especially cellular communications 3G, 4G LTE, and/or 5G NR

  • Experience with communications systems simulation using C, C++, SystemC, Python, Matlab and/or other Simulation and Modeling Tools/Languages

  • Ability to comprehend complex wireless digital communications and signal processing algorithms and provide feedback/alternatives

  • Experience with software engineering design principles including object-oriented programming, design patterns, modularity, reusability, extensibility, etc.

  • Experience with mapping of signal processing algorithms to HW/FW implementation digital signal processor and/or dedicated HW datapath and ability to provide architectural guidance and modeling support

  • Debug and analysis skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with MAC/RLC/PDCP protocols is a plus

  • Experience in baseband modem design and verification

  • Experience with scripting languages such as Python or Perl- Experience with revision control systems such as GIT, ClearCase or SVN

  • Experience with Linux/Unix operating system

  • Experience in Verilog and/or System Verilog digital design, simulation and verification is a plus

Inside this Business Group

Communication & Devices Group: The wireless revolution at Intel! We are one team - passionate engineers and technologists from diverse industry backgrounds working together to realize a world of connected computing. We are bringing the best ideas from the brightest minds to deliver future mobile experiences into the market. We are on the journey towards making Intel a wireless leader with exciting products for the Internet of Things, 5G and an opportunity to change the world with your work.

Other Locations

US, California, San Diego

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